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Kia hints at next Niro ahead of Nov 25 reveal

Kia will reveal its all-new Niro model on 25 November, a car described by the company as “an integral part” of its growing eco-friendly line-up.

The new Niro will, according to the company, feature elements of design first seen on the 2019 Habaniro concept car, and is, said Kia, a “Stylish and bold crossover” with “a clean and high-tech two-tone body”.

The new car is expected in the UK during the second half of 2022, with powertrain details still to be confirmed.

New rules to require EV charge points at new and renovated buildings

The Government is to introduce measures requiring new dwellings with associated parking to be equipped with at least one electric vehicle charging point per dwelling – house or flat – and cable routing for every space without charge point.

New non-residential buildings, for which it gives the example of a newly built cinema complex with parking for 10 or more cars, will be required to install one charge point, and install cable routes for 20% of the total number of spaces.

Minimum requirements are a power rating of at least 7kW, and the new rules also cover buildings undergoing a change of use, such as warehouse being converted into flats.

New guidance on marketing automated vehicles

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has published new guidance on advertising and communicating the capabilities of automated vehicles to help ensure drivers are aware of the technology’s limitations.

“It is essential that this revolutionary technology is marketed accurately and responsibly, and we are delighted to have brought together industry, government and other key stakeholders to develop a series of guiding principles that will ensure consumers will have clarity and confidence over their capabilities from when these advanced vehicles first make their way into showrooms,” said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes.

The guiding principles state that:

  • An automated driving feature must be described sufficiently clearly so as not to mislead, including setting out the circumstances in which that feature can function.
  • An automated driving feature must be described sufficiently clearly so that it is distinguished from an assisted driving feature.
  • Where both automated driving and assisted driving features are described, they must be clearly distinguished from each other.
  • An assisted driving feature should not be described in a way that could convey the impression that it is an automated driving feature.
  • The name of an automated or assisted driving feature must not mislead by conveying that it is the other – ancillary words may be necessary to avoid confusion – for example for an assisted driving feature, by making it clear that the driver must be in control at all times.

“These guiding principles are a key milestone in ensuring there is no confusion around the capabilities of assisted driving systems and future automated systems, as well as the responsibilities of the drivers using them,” added Thatcham Research managing director Matthew Avery. “There are two clear states – a vehicle is either assisted with a driver being supported by technology or automated where the technology is effectively and safely replacing the driver. We urge manufacturers now to use simple marketing that does not over promise functionality and the key is for them to be delivered consistently across all marketing material, as well as through effective dealership education and their subsequent conversations and engagement with consumers.”


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